I've had this idea for a bow or a tie detail on a pencil skirt. I originally wanted to add a full bow but it turned out to be chunky and overpowering. I fiddled around until I found the perfect way to create the same effect with this tutorial. Instead of an actual bow, this technique adds the elegance of a bow without the bulk!
This skirt is feminine but not to girly. And it's soooo easy to achieve. You can make this in any colour you like, I do recommend a solid colour rather than a print so that the bow detail can stand out!
  • 1 Meter of Ponte or Double Faced Knit (any medium weight knit fabric will do)
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Tape Measure
  • Scissors
  • Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern (Check out this one!)
From the Knit skirt Pattern you will need to cut the following pieces:  
Two Skirt Fronts ( One will be used for the skirt back)
One waistband piece

For the Bow:
I used the top 10" of the skirt front pattern  
You will also need a small rectangle 3.5" x 6.5" for the "tie" 
Overlock the top and bottom edges of the bow piece. 
Overlock the sides of the small rectangle. 
Fold under the overlocked edges and stitch down. Repeat for the both the bow and the tie piece. 
Right sides facing, place your tie under the bow piece. Wrap around and pin. 
Sew closed and flip to the right side. 
Lay your bow right side up on your skirt front about 1" down from the top of the skirt. Baste in place. 
Put your skirt back and skirt front right sides together and sew your side seams. 
The make your waistband. Fold in half width wise and sew together. Fold again to lengthwise and attach to your skirt. 
Overlock your skirt hem


04/26/2016 12:05pm

Nice! I'll be adding this to my list of projects. As a beginner sewer, I think I can accomplish this. Thanks so much!


It's such a simple yet elegant skirt. Formal, casual or business attire. The bow in the middle creates a whimsical style to the mix. I haven't tried making clothes before, but your tutorial makes it look easy. I hope you post more pattern tutorials on skirts and dresses. I like wearing dresses so I look forward to your next post on them.

sandra dove
08/24/2016 7:23pm

what a nice way to learn how to sew thing fantastic

01/08/2017 12:29pm

I really love this skirt! Will sew it as soon as I got time ;)


This page is giving best and help opinion for cutting and stitching. It is very important to know for women especially for mothers. Because a mother can make the dress with new design for her kids and it is best way for saving the money.

03/01/2017 11:39am

I love how detailed info you have here. Step-by-step instruction. Amazing!

04/04/2017 9:15pm

Beautiful detailed and design made so easy to do. Loving this skirt


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